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Gray cavalier : the life and wars of General W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee
Daughtry, Mary.
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First Da Capo Press edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2002.
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viii, 376 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, called "Rooney" by his family, was born the second son of the famous commander and general of the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee. After graduating from Harvard, Rooney planned to take up farming on his family's plantation. When the Civil War broke out, however, he immediately volunteered and was commissioned a captain in the Confederate cavalry. During the war years, he was quickly promoted on his talents -his famous father was careful not to interfere in his son's promotion track. Rooney Lee earned a reputation for bravery and effective command at Gettysburg and Chancellorsville. He was wounded at Brandy Station and shortly after was captured by Federal raiders and placed in prison. After his release in a prisoner exchange, he was promoted to the rank of major general-the youngest man in the Confederacy to hold this rank. By the war's end, he was one of the highest-ranking cavalry commanders in the Confederate army.There has been no study of the military career and accomplishments of this important Confederate commander-until now. Using previously unavailable material from the Lee family archives, this new biography presents a balanced appraisal of one of the South's most important commanders.

Author Notes

Mary Bandy Daughtry has been teaching for thirty-three years in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
1 "There is not such another child"p. 1
2 "I could not excel for any but a practical life"p. 17
3 "A lieutenant, USA"p. 39
4 "Jine the Cavalry"p. 53
5 "We're the boys who rode around McClellan"p. 67
6 "Follow the feather of Stuart"p. 85
7 "And then we rode into Pennsylvania"p. 95
8 "Like a shell burst in every direction"p. 109
9 "It was his day of glory"p. 123
10 "Nine long, weary months"p. 141
11 Major General, C.S. Cavalryp. 169
12 "The line must be held"p. 195
13 "The slickest piece of cattle stealing"p. 215
14 "Furl that banner"p. 239
15 "A practical life"p. 277
16 "Rooney Lee"p. 305
Notesp. 315
Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 363